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Hot, Dry Summer Triggers 100-acre Fire in Hunt County

The high heat and heavy winds in Northeast Texas triggered the summer’s first large-scale ground fire in Hunt County Tuesday.

By the time crews doused the fire it has burned 100 acres between Quinlan and Hawk Cove. No structures were damaged and no injuries reported. The Hunt County Commissioner’s Court is expected to enact a burn ban.

On the other side of the summer heat, the Texas Farm Bureau reported today that the state’s pastures overall are a lot healthier than a few weeks ago. That’s due to some recent rain in and around the Rio Grande Valley that bolstered crops.

According to the USDA, pasture conditions across the state were fair to excellent in about 58 percent of the state.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.